Smart Card Alliance Hosts Industry Leaders to Discuss State of the Smart Card Market

Smart Card Alliance Hosts Industry Leaders to Discuss State of the Smart Card Market

Representatives from Public and Private Sectors to Address Key Issues Including Personal Identification, Privacy Concerns and Secure Payment Transactions

New York, NY, January 15, 2002–The Smart Card Alliance, a non-profit association working to accelerate the adoption of multiple applications for smart card technology, will host a conference on February 5 through February 7, 2002 in Austin, Texas. The event, to be held at SchlumbergerSema’s Austin campus, will provide an opportunity for business and government leaders to discuss the heightened interest in smart card implementation including secure personal identification systems as well as banking and payment infrastructure applications. The event will include a one-day educational program from the Smart Card Alliance Educational Institute and a two-day conference.

“This conference will be an ideal resource for those organizations actively involved in implementing a smart card program or investigating how smart cards can fit into their business strategies,” said Donna Farmer, CEO and president of the Smart Card Alliance. “The February Smart Card Alliance meeting will enable collaboration with top industry experts as well as provide a sounding board for key issues and discussion on how smart cards can provide security and payment solutions.”

The Alliance was created when the industry’s key organizations, the Smart Card Industry Association and the Smart Card Forum, merged in early 2001. The combined membership brings together leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors. Known as the single industry voice for smart cards, membership includes leading companies in the banking, financial services, computer, telecommunications, technology, healthcare, retail, and entertainment industries, as well as a number of government agencies.

Regarding the upcoming conference, Smart Card Alliance chairman and vice president of SchlumbergerSema Transaction Systems, Paul Beverly noted, “This is the leading forum in North America to obtain information on smart cards, with the opportunity to network, cooperate on projects and establish cross-industry business partnerships.”

The first smart card was invented in the 1970s and since its inception, smart cards have evolved to play a vital role in network security, secure identification and financial payment systems. Frost and Sullivan estimates that the smart card market will grow at a 41 percent compound annual rate over the next three years in North America, from 32 million cards issued in 2000 to 125 million cards issued in 2004.

About the Event

The Smart Card Alliance February event will include two key programs. The Educational Institute’s pre-conference smart card education program features industry-renowned expert speakers and, for the first time, both the Smart Card 101 course and the new Smart Card 201 course will be offered. The courses will run concurrently on February 5, 2002. The second program will be a two-day conference on February 6 and 7.

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for profit, multi-industry association of member firms working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple applications for smart card technology. Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations, and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. For more information please visit http://www.securetechalliance.org.